Time slithers away Fed to the infinite void that is the past It slinks slowly into the present. Why do blood and roses share the same color? A crimson droplet A crimson petal Both fragments of life One salter that the other
Throw me in a cage And watch me bite at my tail; A ravenous dog ruined by the boredom of captivity Tick tock Another droplet Another sliver of life It falls into the puddle Back into the void.
Your silence holds me captive in an endless loop, I spiral not knowing whether you're alive or dead, Pondering aimlessly I drift solemnly, Holding my wits I persist despite the confusion, A wanderer amid lies I readily seek truth and salvation, An escape from the turmoil, A relief from the wordless.
I am Leah Sharibu I am Nigeria I am a captive Taken from my home Away from love and care Now I live in fear In the midst of the unknown I am Leah Sharibu I am Nigeria
I am Leah Sharibu Oh! You have forgotten me, probably I wouldn't blame you I am just a girl, you thought But I am Nigeria And I could be just your girl Yet you go to bed with both eyes closed Because I am just a girl. How do you sleep? How do you find peace? How do you laugh with satisfaction And Find rest? Knowing I am Leah Sharibu And I am Nigeria
I am Leah Sharibu Who is she? I can hear you ask. Oh! You've forgotten? I am that "Dapchi girl" Kidnapped with her school mates But they are free and I am not They gained their lives back Because they are what I am not That's what some people thought But I am not just "that Dapchi girl" I am Leah Sharibu I am Nigeria
I am Leah Sharibu I am Nigeria And I am a captive I am in chains I am in bonds I am in pains And I am not free I am still missing I am Leah Sharibu I am Nigeria
I am Leah Sharibu I am a Christian That's what you said But I am more than a Christian I am a girl child I am a woman I am a daughter I am a mother And I am a wife But I am more than all these Yes! I am I am Nigeria
I am Leah Sharibu I am Nigeria Though you called me a Christian Undoubtedly I am Was that not why you left me behind? Was that not why you've left me till now? How callous? How unpatriotic? You swore an oath to protect me But you lied You think calling me a Christian Will clear your conscience But you lie! I am Nigeria That's my identity I am Leah Sharibu
I am Leah Sharibu I am Nigeria I have been betrayed By Deceivers parading themselves as leaders By cowards parading themselves as heroes By liers who embraces you with a dagger I have been betrayed By enemies camouflaged as friends I thought they cared about me But all they want is a piece of me. So they don't care if I bleed I am Leah Sharibu I am Nigeria
I am Leah Sharibu I am Nigeria I am not missing You can see me But you've refused to free me You've made me your slave Everyday you **** me Everyday you **** me Everyday you brutalise me Everyday you torment me Despite the oath you swore to protect me You have become my terror My Kidnapper My tormentor My killer My captor My destroyer I am Leah Sharibu I am Nigeria
I am Leah Sharibu I am Nigeria I can see, you don't care, who I am You think I will just pass away Like a shadow in the night Another figure among the many lost So you hope But you lie I am your fear I am your shame I am your story Ugly but true I am your cross You must bear I am your pain And I won't go away I am Leah Sharibu I am Nigeria
I am Leah Sharibu I am Nigeria You can **** me But I won't die Though ****** with many swords And bleeding on all sides You will always hear my cries Because I live on.... You can try to hide me Like a woman's nature call But I won't go away I will be your nightmare And walk the night in your sleep I will be your nemesis And follow you to your grave I will be your infamy Lay you bare for the world to see I will be the truth That topples your lies And I pray that I will be your end So you'd be no more I am Leah Sharibu I am Nigeria
I am Leah Sharibu I am Nigeria Another night has come And I pray for sleep Not knowing if I will see the dawning of a new day You expect me to be weak To break down and fall You expect me to be feeble and frail But I won't Everyday I see the sun I will grow strong Everyday I take a breath I shall be agile able Don't expect me to give up For I shall win at last I am Leah Sharibu I am Nigeria.
Dedicated to Leah Sharibu the Christian girls still in Boko Haram Captivity and other girls held in captivity and have not been rescued by their government if Nigeria
Dipped in crimson The sky bruised blue at the edges Just like on her jaws etched Didn't complain, could she?
Air of ash and smoke masked The aura of captivity dusk to dawn, Using white lighters to see whats infront Says he was a poet by heart But recited with scars With poetry scrambled behind Cigarette packets Recital was rather peculiar She was his muse, and well used Couldn't leave, could she?
A storm reckless if left both unbound Like Bonnie and Clyde Begs to not fall in love You might be shot, or left stranded At the eye of the storm Leaving you wondering why storms are Named after people
I've lied once I lie now I'm venomous I'll show you how Come in close Don't look away Illusions dance Creations dream Gods can't die But they can scream So many pretty things Block your way Now I've done my trick And here you'll stay.
Binding cracking as I open again Pages falling into place from the last read Hello again my old friend Take me to the world From the first time long ago Captivate me with your words Let me get lost in the story Reading by low light once again This never gets old I never grow tired My room has grown quiet My glasses on my nose Once again old friend You have my full attention